chinchill (1799) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle bottled on 26 Sept. 2012 and served in a snifter.
GB Winter Bock pours a dark mahogany color with a small but attractive tan head. The head has poor retention but there’s decent lacing.
Smells like a mix of caramel, medium and dark malts with some sherry/alcohol overtones. Very good malt complexity.
Taste: follows nose, but tilts towards the darker malts and show a moderate level of bittering hops.
Medium-full body; creamy up front but a bit harsh in the alcohol-laden finish. Proper carbonation.
O: A relatively big dopplebock, in terms of flavor. Worthy of the Bavarian references.
jgb9348 (4709) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep rich bronze coloured body with a thin tan head and both ruby & brown highlights - very nice looking! Aroma of caramel, toffee, malt, alcohol and some light spices. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong potent malt and sugars up front with a caramel overtone and a subtle spice at the end. Overall, a pretty good beer for the style - considering what it could have been! Nice at the airport before a flight. I sampled this pint on draught at Gordon Biersch in SFO, California on 21-March-2009.
IrishBoy (3824) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2014 12 oz bottle from Safeway Salinas. Nose is rich ripe bananas and caramel with a very light hint of anise. Clear cherry brown with a medium beige head. Flavor is lightly sweet caramel, bananas, and a hint of bitterness. 8/4/7/4/15 3.8 2/9/14 New batch that they ruined by overhopping and covering up all the good esters with bitter. Crappy beer now. My rating drops from 3.8 to 2.5
monk191 (896) - California, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very good beer. I am really liking Bocks. Pours a spectacular red with a white head. Smells like cherries and other fruit. Taste starts malty, with a fruity middle, and a slight hoppy aftertaste. Very good. Had in the bottle.
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maxwelldeux (3551) - Everett, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a crystal clear dark brown with a very thin white head. Nose is rather malty with a bit of roasting and a bit of caramel in there. Taste isn’t all that strong, but has similar malty tones to it. Meh.
Lubiere (9877) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A reddish brown bock with a thick brown head. In aroma, a sweet nutty malt with grassy notes, dark fruits, dunkel-like. In mouth, a nice roasted malt with dark fruits, molasses, grassy hops, nice and smooth. On tap at Gordon Biersch location at Cleveland Airport, Dec. 2 2012.
Bricks (590) - Delaware, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber with a OK slightly off white head. Aroma of candied malt and tastes exactly like it smells. Very sweet. Very smooth. Borderline too sweet, but good.
Ontbeertaster (2335) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
tap, pours a darkish red, aroma is kind of roasty and flavour is so as well, a strong finish, a bit of chocolate and some darker fruits, interesting offering.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at GB, RDU International. Pour looks like those restaurant soda pours when the syrup’s close to running out, dingy rust cola with a medium head. Generic sweetness and faint toasted malts in the nose. Flavors not much to write home about, and I’m surprised that this was supposed to be a DB since it came across as one of those neo-BMC "bock" entries in its blandly grainy and sweet profile. But I guess I can tolerate caramel.
Gription79 (2253) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. By the aroma I would have thought this to be a Weizenbock, notes of banana, clove, melts, toffee. The flavor is all dopplebock, raisin, prune, toffee, slight roasted malts. I find this to be one of the better holiday beers released by a larger brewery.